Review The readings and resources and consider how blacks attempted to work within the political system during Reconstruction to effect change.
Write a short paper (2–3 pages) that addresses the following questions:
- How were African American legislators successful in securing civil rights for their constituents?
- How were they thwarted in those attempts?
- How do these articles reflect 19th-century America’s views on civil rights?
Reading and Resources
The African-American Odyssey, Vol. 2,
Chapters 12 and 13.
Website: America’s Reconstruction
Explore more details about people and politics of the Reconstruction in this online exhibit.
Website: Reconstruction and Its Aftermath
This website is part of African American Odyssey, an online exhibit of the African American collections of the Library of Congress.